This off season is flying by for us! I keep trying to blink harder to go back to October! We have less than 5 weeks to go before Cope arrives. Yes-Cope Ryan is his name. Jake and I always have loved really unique names (me more than him) and heard Cope before we had Stella. Ryan as many of you know is after my brother who passed away. We were very unsure on Cope until about a month or so ago, and Stella kept calling him Copey so it stuck.
We have really unplugged and have focused on enjoying our last few months with just Stella and craziness of the season. Jake and I have grown so much in our marriage in Japan realizing what our family needs during the off season because we always end up having the hardest off seasons. This has been my favorite so far and really trying to soak up all our blessings in Florida.
Baseball... oh baseball you're going to put me into labor.. it's been a very hard two months. We really really wanted to be in Japan, but I believe God is closing that door for us right now. I wish we could understand, but we don't. We just have to trust. I feel like it's for Cope and I. As much as I tried to put a brave face on that I would be okay with Jake leaving a week after his son is born, and away from us for 2 months. It's not okay. I think we would do what we have to for our family, but that may have been my breaking point in this lifestyle. It has been sad and hard for me to watch Jake do everything he did this season embracing the culture, pitching well, amazing to the fans to not being wanted. Japan will be a very special place and memory for us and we will always be grateful for the friends we made and unbelievable experiences! We really hope to go back again to play, but for now trusting in God where He wants our family to be for 2017 and that's with a team in the states!
Jake became a free agent first week of December and now officially teams can reach out to him. It's exciting thinking about being in the states this year after last year nothing sounds far. I'm thankful to receive the help I will need from our family, and adjusting to traveling with two. That itself will be a challenge packing up for 6 months it doesn't matter if this is my 6th season of full time travel I am the worst packer ever....
We had the opportunity to go to PAO a few weeks back the Christian conference for baseball players. It always is a great time to reconnect with people who understand our lifestyle, and a few days of amazing worship and teaching. It was in Orlando so worked out perfectly! It was the first time I have ever been away from Stella for a day. I survived... we were group leaders and that was the scariest thing ever, but again I survived and had an amazing group!
We are now in January and right before Christmas agreed to terms with Detroit Tigers! We are very excited for this new opportunity and felt like God was making it clear as day basically putting it in the palm of our hands to sign with them. Jake will live at home for spring training since in Lakeland woohoo!! He will get an extra almost 2 months at home with us, and not have to disrupt our life a little longer. He was not invited to big league camp, but will hopefully get some good opportunity and be able to pitch to be seen some. We appreciate all the prayers and support and excited be play American baseball again!! Detroit seems like the perfect fit for our family right now.
I'm 36 weeks pregnant and ready to have him! We have a crazy next two weeks and Jake's little brother, Luke is getting married (WHATT AND HOW?!?) We are very excited to celebrate and gain a new sister in law. We have no idea what to expect the arrival with Cope since Stella was born at 38 weeks, and I'm already dilated with many contractions sporadically. The doctors think two weeks or less so that means I really need to get ready! Second child problems slacking on everything last minute but we have just enjoyed life and our off season doing what we wanted!
I will try to keep you posted if I know when Jake is pitching but he will be playing in Lakeland, Disney, etc for spring training so if you're able to let us know if you happen to go to a game always love seeing familiar faces! Happy new year and I hope everyone had a great Christmas!!